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A Moment In Black History: Playground Basketball D.O.A.


ESPN.COM by Myron Medcalf & Dana O’Neil

The two ESPN writers covered the hotbeds for playground basketball in America in a July 2014 blog titled, “Playground Basketball is Dead.” The hotbeds covered were in New York, Philadelphia, L. A., Chicago, and Baltimore/Washington, DC.

Melvin Roberts seen in this photo at his crab house on the DC/Maryland line preparing crabs for fans and players for his popular summer basketball league. The Big M Trotter Tournament was played on a basketball court built and designed by him next to the crab house.
Melvin seen here hosting the trophy for the winning team in the Big M Trotters Tournament summer basketball league.

Once an American staple, hoops on blacktops across the United States has all but faded away.

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